Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans he has to change funding of the Apprenticeship scheme.

Photo of Nicholas Boles Nicholas Boles The Minister for Universities and Science, Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Jointly with the Department for Education)

We are planning to route funding for apprenticeship training directly through employers. This will put employers in the driving seat in terms of securing the most appropriate training, giving them a greater stake in guaranteeing that the training provision their apprentices receive is high quality. We are trialling a simplified funding model for apprenticeships based on new employer-designed standards in the 2014/15 Academic Year.

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